Fisheries monitoring platform aims to reduce illegal fishing

Fisheries monitoring platform aims to reduce illegal fishing

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It is estimated that annual global losses from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing may be as high as 24 billion USD every year; with as many as 2.5 million fishing vessels engaged in illegal fishing – accounting for between ten and 20 percent of total global fish production. This type of unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and can impoverish coastal communities in developing countries. It is very difficult to tackle this type of illegal fishing, due to limited resources for enforcing regulations and the large area and numbers of boats involved. Although there are satellite monitoring systems available, it is not possible to identify with precision if a particular vessel has carried out fishing activity at sea.

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